Pros: "I love eating way to much, playing two hand touch...and the twins..."
Cons: A few hiccups here and there.
The Bottom Line: John Tucker Must Die...I'm sorry, I meant Bobby Newkirk.
Hi. This is Fear Street. Fear Street is a series created by R.L. Stine, the man who made a sudden, ah, killing, if you will, in young adult horror/thrillers. Im currently reviewing all 57 Fear Street books on my shelf. Ironically I ended up starting this in October, the month of bats and witches and blood and dead things.
Welcome to the party.
Bobby Newkirk. He likes to call himself Bobby the Man. Psh, loser. Bobby is a player by todays lingo. He dates girls frequently and sometimes simultaneously without the others knowledge. They all dig on him. Sure they do Bobby boy. The Wade twins, Samantha and Bree are hot ergo Bobby decides to date them. Both. At the same time. Bobbys got skills; he can do it without it blowing up in his face, right? Right?
Bobby forgot a few things. He lives in Shadyside and the Wade twins live on Fear Street.
I like the idea for this book, I really do. Its not in the class of scary, but it is in the class of evil laughter at Bobbys plight. Youre in the dark as much as Bobby you dont know whats right, left, up, or down. What you do know is that someone wants to put Bobby in a very bad situation. But will you guess? Hard to say. This is another one of those books that I dont remember if I did or not. I think maybe I just waited and let the whole thing play out for once (but I cant say for sure). Youll have to see for yourself.
As for what was done to Bobby there are a few times that I wondered if that was the way to go or not. Its really hard to talk about without giving anything away, but sometimes things seemed to be taken to extreme measures when really thats the sort of thing that can be considered pretty serious. Dont know if Id be all that comfortable with doing it myself. Its really twisty though, and you dont really feel all that sorry for Bobby. Lesson learned here? Guys, dont be players, and dont forget that little quote about a woman scorned. Heck, even Linus from Charlie Brown knows about that.
R.L. Stine is at it again though. The word so popped up more than I would have liked. Almost like hes regressed a little. More repetition of words and phrases, and less detailed description. I had several moments of Oh geez, not more of this again. I did have a single moment of Now this I like with: Still wet from the rain, the fields glistened under the red sun as if covered with sparkling emeralds. Its not much in the big scheme of the world of writing, but come on Stine, cant we at least get more of it instead of You mean so much to me. So much to me I dont know which is more aggravating, when its in description or when it slips into character dialogue.
A random detail this book has chapter titles. Yeah. Stine doesnt often do this, and its very, very forgettable. How do I know that? Because I know there have been at least two books Ive already read and reviewed that had them and even though I meant to make a mention of them, I simply forgot. You dont even read them at least I dont. The book is fine without them. Plenty of books have gone before and will come in the future that dont have them and I wont care either way. Guess it just depended on what Stine felt like doing at the time.
Overall Im giving it at 4.5 because it really was a fresh change from crazies and murders. Well, it may not seem like it upon your initial reading, but youll understand what I mean eventually. Still, I have yet to be truly horrified or frightened from anything put out (and that includes initial readings from when I was the age these are meant for).
My Books Info: Price: The spine says $3.99 Publisher: Simon & Schuster Inc. ISBN: 0671785702 Format: Paperback Pages: 152 Date Published: 1994 Cover Art: Bill Schmidt
When I first read the Fear Street Series as a young child, I thought they were spooky books. I eagerly anticipated author R.L. Stine's next novel because all the strange things that occurred on Fear Street were connected in each succeeding book. This title was no exception. My first two readings of Double Date were enjoyable ones. I was around eleven years old the first time I read it and probably around fourteen the second time. So, when I … more
Two's company, but three can be murder. In his latest Fear Street bestseller, R.L. Stine takes readers on a date in deception--and that means double trouble, double terror, and double fun. You haven't known terror until you've walked down Fear Street.